Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

May 12, 2021
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community:

We are pleased to announce that UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ new home is scheduled to open this fall.

Adjacent to our Mission Bay campus at 675 18th Street, the 150,000-square-foot Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building is the culmination of our vision to integrate physical and mental health by eliminating boundaries that have isolated psychiatry and behavioral sciences from other medical disciplines.

Embedding mental health services into the overall health care system also will help reduce the stigma that can be associated with seeking help for mental health. Younger patients, in particular, will be able to go to one space to see their pediatrician, psychiatrist, psychologist, and other key members of their care team.

The five-story, light-filled building is supported by a gift of nearly $60 million from philanthropists John Pritzker and Lisa Stone Pritzker, longtime supporters of UCSF, and named in honor of John’s sister, Nancy Friend Pritzker, who died by suicide at age 24 during a depressive episode in 1972. You can read more about the project here.

As previously communicated, we are relocating outpatient services currently offered at UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics (LPPHC) at Parnassus Heights, which are located on the planned site of UCSF Health’s new hospital at the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights. Our inpatient adult care program, which offers acute psychiatric service for adults 18 years and older, will move to UCSF...

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May 5, 2021
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

As more people get vaccinated and the overall level of new COVID-19 cases declines across the country, we are easing out of the worst public health crisis in a generation. We have come a long way in just over a year, developing new ways of working while serving our mission in education, research, and care delivery. One important lesson we have learned is that those whose responsibilities allow them to work remotely can do so effectively.

Looking ahead, I am pleased to announce that UCSF will incorporate a combination of telework and on-site work in our staffing plans for those job duties that can be performed remotely without compromising our mission. We will approach this new venture in the spirit of continuous process improvement, adapting as we learn from our experience.

Telework Guiding Principles

My Cabinet supports telework as part of our vision for the future, and we have agreed upon principles that will guide us in making decisions about telework. One of these principles is to prioritize equity, consistency, and accessibility to ensure that campus control points and UCSF Health leaders make decisions based on business needs. To support this goal, we have developed a standard tool to evaluate and identify positions for telework. In the weeks ahead, we will communicate these details and provide managers with resource materials.

As I mentioned at this past Friday’s town hall, I am extending the work-from-home guidance to October 1, 2021. This extension gives employees currently working remotely more time to plan for child and elder care, provides managers more time to...

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